“Willamette may be the best little school you’ve never heard of, at least if you’re from outside the California-Oregon-Washington corridor,” says “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019.”
Once again, the guide features Willamette University as one of the best schools for students, parents and guidance counselors to consider during their college searches. Updated every year for the past 35 years, the guide examines colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Ireland. By featuring quotations from students, the guide aims to present inside information that can’t be found on schools’ websites.
“Willamette is unabashedly itself,” says a student in the guide. “Community members from all backgrounds feel very comfortable being themselves and embracing who they are.”
Another student praised Willamette’s faculty members for having students as their first priority and for the additional support the university provides students. “Students are expected to work hard, read copious amounts, and actively contribute in class,” a student says. “That being said, the climate is very collaborative.”
“Willamette students are positive, motivated, smart individuals,” says another student. “They want to give back, but also achieve highly.”
In addition to Willamette’s emphasis on service, the guide praises the university’s academics, numerous undergraduate research opportunities, comprehensive study abroad program, diverse social life and dual-degree programs that integrate the liberal arts and professional education. Willamette’s proximity to the Oregon State Capitol and Salem Hospital also provides students numerous off-campus learning experiences.
Says a student quoted in the guide, “This is the place where you can grow as a student, leader and person as you pursue your passions.”